Southwest Ohio Homeschool Music Academy

Southwest Ohio Homeschool Music Academy Provide an engaging and positive experience with band and/or string program as well as choir and general music located in the countryside YMCA


If you have expressed interest in online lessons, I am planning on. Starting this next week. I need you to send me a couple of different days and times that work for you. I also need to let me know if you plan to use messenger, face time, or Google Hangouts. If we use Google Hangouts I have figured out how to share my screen with you. So far, I have only tried to share a screen on messenger but it was not successful. However I am trying to figure it out. If someone wants to be a guinea pig let me If you haven't told me that you want to do lessons please do so asap. I am also offering this to my students at St. Francis. Thanks for having patience.


Well, these are interesting times we are currently living in. Covid-19 is trying to cause every music teacher a heart attack, I think. Since classes have been canceled at the YMCA, I thought it would be fun to continue working on stuff for our potential concert in May. I am fully aware that our current list of music will be WAY too much with the extra-long spring break. If Covid-19 plays nice, we will have a mini-concert. The choir will sing Greatest Show and Bring Them Home (we will hold on to La La Land and Hamilton for next year) I do know this will upset some of my choir members and for that I am sorry. My Intermediate and Advanced strings class will play the Serenade. Intermediate and Advanced band will play Dixieland Struttin. Mixed band and strings will play God bless the USA and The Planets. All other music will be on hold until next school year.
What I would like to do in the meantime I want to hold live music theory lessons/ private lessons to work on the music that we have been working on in class. I know that distance learning is not ideal for music but we can give it a shot. If this is something that you would like to participate in, I will schedule you a time for one on one lessons. Each lesson will be 30min. If you have more than one child in the classes, I will schedule you a block of time so that all of your children get instruction. Please let me know asap if you would like to participate. For theory, I will have worksheets that I can email you and will share my screen so they can take notes on the worksheet. I am learning all kinds of new things on my computer. This also applies to ALL choir students as well. I will be able to play your part through the video chat.
To hold the video chat, I can use Google Hangouts or messenger on Facebook. Please let me know asap whether you want to participate or not. That way I can make a checklist of who is and who is not taking lessons.
Thanks so much for your patience.Natasha Neal


If I were to create some online lessons that include theory and FaceTime with me, how many of you would be interested? Tamara and I have been talking about options for still have some kind of class so to speak and a mini concert so they can showcase some of what we worked in so far this semester. Please let me know your thoughts


So I have been waiting before making any decisions about classes. The YMCA has been making changes that have not necessarily applied to our group. However, today I received the following email. Please read this. I will be making changes to our concert. Please be patient as we as a band board figure all of this out.

At Countryside YMCA, the safety and well-being of our members, staff, volunteers and community have always been and will always be a top priority. We have been diligently monitoring the developments surrounding COVID-19 (coronavirus) and have been adjusting our business practices to meet the recommendations by Governor DeWine and the Ohio Department of Health.

To further support efforts to thwart the coronavirus spread in our community, here are the additional changes we are making effective Monday, March 16.

All classes at all locations will be suspended, but both locations will still be open for members who want to come in and workout. At our Lebanon location we will continue to offer access to the cardio strength center (CSC), indoor tracks, gyms, and lap swimming. However, basketball games and other group gym activities are suspended, and the Family Aquatic Center will be closed. At our Landen location, cardio and strength equipment will be available. We are also temporarily discontinuing towel services at both locations. We are excited to share that we are working on plans to use social media and video to offer classes or fitness activities that you can do at home. Stay tuned!

The Stolle Center lobby and activity room will be closed, but members can access the locker-rooms and Stolle pool. All programs and classes regularly scheduled in the Stolle Center are also suspended. We are also temporarily discontinuing towel services. We are taking these actions because we are particularly concerned about our senior members and their health and safety.

We understand that cancelling classes, programs, and some facility features is frustrating, especially since you have spent money on them. We fully intend to work with our members and participants to address requests for future make-up classes, programs and/or refunds. But right now, we ask for your patience. We are focused on day to day actions and decisions based upon information and guidance from the Governor and healthcare authorities. Once the situation is better understood and is less volatile, we will announce our reimbursement policies and begin working with you on your specific concerns.

Besides our fitness facilities, Countryside YMCA is one of the largest providers of childcare in Warren County. We want to continue to provide this valuable service, so our childcare centers will remain open. In addition, we will be expanding our childcare service by caring for the children of essential personnel (health-care workers, first responders, nursing home employees, law enforcement and prison staff). Please call 513 932 1424 ext. 131 to inquire about childcare.

Finally, we want to check in with each of you and offer any support or help we can. Our mission is to put Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all and during these unprecedented times we are putting our mission into action. If you or someone you know could use a check-in or delivery of supplies, please call us and provide contact information. YMCA staff and volunteers will do all we can to help.

We will continue to keep you updated about classes and programs here at the Y. Check our website and social media throughout the day to stay informed. As always, you can contact our CEO Chris Johnson with specific questions.



Reminder NO classes this week

Thank you to the kids who helped me today. We had a great day

Thank you to the kids who helped me today. We had a great day


I need help!!!!! I have been sick for almost a week now. I need help getting things ready for the health fair at the YMCA on Saturday February 8th. If you can help please let me know asap


No choir tomorrow Thursday 1/30/2020. I am sick and don't want to share


We are looking for student and parent volunteers to help out at the health fair at the YMCA on Saturday February 8th. I can sign off on community service hours if anybody wants them for high school transcripts. Set up begins at 8 cleanup is done by 2. The health fair is from 9 to 1. Any and all help is appreciated. We will have flyers about why music is so important for your child's development


So proud of everyone tonight. Fantastic job enjoy some time off. See you in January


Dress rehearsal reminders

Please see the sign up genius. We can't have a taco bar without taco meat. There are a few spots open for other items as well.

Wear Christmas sweaters, shirts, or Christmas PJ's.

Setup time 9am

Start time 10 am

Friday set up for concert @ 1pm. This doesn't take long if we have enough help.


High school students who would like to be on student council are invited to help set up music binders and organize the music closet to help next semester run smoothly. We'll be meeting on Thursday, December 12 at noon to 1:30 work together on these tasks. If you can make it, please meet in the kitchen/band area.



I hope you are all excited about our upcoming music concert! Please see the list below for reminders about where to be, ...
Christmas Rehearsal Taco and Salad Bar

I hope you are all excited about our upcoming music concert! Please see the list below for reminders about where to be, when to be there, what to bring, and what to wear. The concert is FREE (though we'll have a donation basket), so please bring family and friends.
Spirit wear and candy orders will be distributed at rehearsal.
The physical setup for the luncheon and concert provides several opportunities for helping out, and your help will be most appreciated!

Dress Rehearsal, followed immediately by Lunch

***If you are willing to help bring percussion pieces upstairs from the band area at 9:00, your help would be greatly appreciated.***
When: Tuesday, December 10th at 10:00 AM
Where: Countryside YMCA; the rehearsal will be on the main level in the performance room (past the cafe); lunch is in the kitchen near where class regularly meets
Bring: Instrument(s), music stand, music, practice timesheets, your best attitude, and food
Lunch sign up:

Concert, followed immediately by Cookie Time
***If you are willing to set up chairs for the concert at 1:00 PM, that would be appreciated.***
When: Friday, December 13th at 6:00 PM (concert begins at 7:00, but students need to be at the Y by 6:00)
Where: Countryside YMCA in the main level performance room (past the cafe), Cookie Time will be located in the lobby outside the performance room
Wear (Concert Attire): Your SW Ohio Homeschool Music Academy shirt, black bottoms, and black shoes
Bring: Instrument(s), music stand, music, and a dessert for cookie time
*To sign up for a cookie time performance slot, please ask during band or choir practices anytime between now and the concert.*
Students may sign up individually or in ensembles to perform additional music during Cookie Time. Cookie Time provides an opportunity for students and their guests to mingle in the lobby.
Thank you!
The Parent Board

We are having a taco and taco salad bar once again this year. If you are able to sign up for more than one slot, you have our gratitude. We have fewer families than slots, though most slots include more than one item. Shredded cheese shows up in more than one place, so please don't worry that it loo...


Candy orders are due this coming Tuesday, November 19


If you took pictures or videos of today please share them.


Clayton's Candies
I hope you are selling candies. Orders will be ready December 10 at our dress rehearsal. This is a 3 in 1 fundraiser. We make $ for our group, Clayton's Dr bills get paid, and other families who need assistance paying for their Dr bills for CHD get help. What a way to help families


If you ordered ear plugs....please bring $17.50 per pair on Monday. We are hoping to get these in before the Christmas concert. Please make checks payable to Southwest Ohio Homeschool Band


Monday November 11

Arrive: at 10am down stairs to help set up. Warmups will follow set up.

Play from 11:15-11:45

Clean up after

What to wear: Jeans (NO holes or leggings), patriotic shirt ( red, white, or blue polo, a patriotic t-shirt) **if the picture on the t-shirt is not patriotic, please do not wear it, tennis shoes are fine. If you are a boy scout or girl scout and would like to wear your uniform, that is fine too.

After clean up, starting at noon they will be doing a service to honor the veterans and their families. You are welcome to stay if you would like. I have never been to it so I am not sure what they do.

Tuesday November 12- NO CLASS
Take this time to practice and get ready for the following week and our up coming Christmas Concert.

I am so proud of all the hard work you have been putting in this semester. We have never tried to pull off two different concerts in one semester. Your hard work and dedication to this program are what make my job so much fun.

See you Monday


Field trip reminder
Tomorrow is the fantastic free Friday at Miami University Middletown. If you signed up for this field trip, please meet Natasha at 9:45 at Dave Finkelman Auditorium. I am hoping to walk in as a group. If you are running late, no worries just ask an usher where to find the Southwest Ohio Homeschool Music Academy seating and they will direct you to our area. See you tomorrow


T-shirt orders are due by the end of the month. If you need a shirt, please get the order form and money to me asap


For those of you who ordered ear plugs, Babette will be in class on Tuesday to fit everyone. If you are a parent ordering for yourself, you need to be fitted too.


FYI....I am canceling class tomorrow. Colin is sick and I am not feeling great either. Plus I hit a deer Sunday evening on my home from working at the Renaissance Festival. I am very sore. Practice and I will see you next week.

If you need a T-shirt ordered, please turn those in by the end of October.

Also remember that we are playing on Monday, November 11 for the Veterans Day celebration at Countryside YMCA.


Reminder........parent and student meeting

Tuesday 9/10
Beginning strings 9-10
Intermediate/advance band and strings 11-12
Beginning band 1:30-2:30

Thursday 9/12
Choir 12-1


Hello everyone,
It is that time of year again. **Warning long email, sorry**

In years past, we have held a parent meeting at the end of August. Often times, families don't or can't make it to the meeting. I then end up missing information about students and am forever trying to track down parents. The board and I have decided to try something new this year. The first week of class is September 10th. We are going to hold mini parent/student meetings during class time. They will each last 1 hour. If you have multiple students in different classes, I am asking that you come to each of the meetings. The parent part will be the same, however, we are going to do ice breakers for the new students meeting the returning students, we are signing out music folders, and for beginning classes we will be going to basic care of instruments and how to hold their instruments.

The schedule for this meeting is as follows:
September 10 (Tuesday)
Beginning Strings meeting is from 9-10
Intermediate/ Advanced band and strings meeting is from 11-12
Beginning band meeting is from 1:30-2:30

September 12 (Thursday)
Choir meeting is from 12-1

The following week and the remainder of the school year classes will run as follows:

Beginning Strings 9-10 in craft room
Intermediate/Advanced strings 10:30-12:15 in lower studio
Intermediate/Advanced Band 11:15-1:00 in lower studio
Beginning Band 1:30-2:30 in lower studio

Choir 12-1:30 in craft room

If you are a returning member you will notice that there are some time changes. However, there is NO fee change. Fees will remain the same as last year.

We are trying something else new this year, We are adding "concerts" to our list. There will be a total of 5. But before anyone gets nervous, let me explain. We, as a board and director, are trying to see how we can give back to our community. Every spring our group recognizes our past and present military. We are going to be part of the program on Veterans day this year at the YMCA. What does this mean? We, all band and strings classes, will be performing at the beginning of the Veterans Day ceremony that the YMCA holds every year. We will be playing the music that will lead up to the ceremony. We will not be having class on the very next Tuesday so families don't have to make extra trips to the YMCA that week. I know some of you drive a good distance to get to our program. Both of our dress rehearsals will be concerts this time. The December dress rehearsal will be for the preschool kids and the May dress rehearsal will be for the Stolle Center people. We will then have our normal 2 concerts, one in December and one in May. There will be a slight location change to the May concert as we will go to Mason Christian Village, which a nursing home, and take our music to the residents who can't get out to go to things like this. Of course, your family and friends who normally come to the concerts are ALWAYS welcome. That doesn't change. We are living in a society that is so self centered and I hope this helps your students realize that it is great to give back.

Student Council
This is mainly for students who are in high school but we will allow junior high kids help as well. We have been working on a list of jobs for the students to do. They help make copies of music, plan cookie time, and put music away just to name a few. We are working on logging hours spent so they can count this as community service. There will be more information at the parent/student meeting.

I am sure I have missed something along the way and if I have I am sorry. I have some exciting music picked for the upcoming school year. If for some reason, you are not going to be part of our program this year please let me know so I don't send unwanted emails. As always if you have any questions feel free to contact me.


1699 Deerfield Rd
Lebanon, OH


(513) 932-1424


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Just a reminder that we have food sign up slots open for tomorrow--both side dishes and desserts!
I know I wrote it down somewhere, but can't find it, when is the rehearsal and concert for this semester?
Is there anyway someone can post a picture of the beginning percussion book for the beginning band class? I looked it up on Amazon but it lists 2-3 different ones. 😜 TYIA
I was working during the meeting. What’s the start date?
Just a reminder dress rehearsal tomorrow. Please feel free to wear your PJ's. Don't forget to bring a dish to sharp for our lunch potluck